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Old July 25th, 2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Default repair shop in metro detroit for an audi TT clutch job?

The clutch on my TT went out and I'm looking for a trustworthy shop for the reaI have all the parts, but I'm looking for a reputable shop that will do the job at a fair price.

I've had *horrible* luck with every repair shop I've taken this car to - to the extent that every shop that has worked on it, broke something else while fixing it. So sadly, its been parked in my garage for the past 6 months waiting for me to find the time to work on it, and I've finally just accepted the realization, that with 2 toddlers and my wife full time in nursing school + working, I'm never going to have the time to do the job myself.

So I'd really feel better with a shop that at least has 1 mechanic who specializes on german imports/vw/audi. I have the parts, but need a shop to install them.

The closer to 48066, the better, as I'll likely need to have the car towed to the shop, but I'm more concerned with a quality job at a fair price, even if its a bit farther away (within reason).

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Old July 25th, 2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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Good luck finding a shop that will install your parts. Do you take your own food to a restaurant to save a buck too?
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There is a place in Royal Oak you can try. Between Normandy and 14 mile on Delemere across from Comcast.

Autohaus Royal Oak
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I'm looking to pay labor costs, not part costs, except for consumables (bolts nuts, etc). So long as they warranty the labor, I'm ok with dealing with the manufacturer for defect issues. I'd expect to answer this question on other forums, but not on here... I even have all of the fluids for the install.

You're telling me if I took a custom fab'd bumper or a winch and took it to a shop and asked for an install, I'd have a hard time?

I wasn't buying the parts to skimp on costs... Its a specific sport clutch with a specific mass flywheel. I want the aftermarket parts installed. There's about $1100 in parts. I was planning to do it myself, but I simply don't have the time, and since it is so much $ in parts, I want a reputable shop to work on it. I want a quality job, but I don't want to get raped on an hourly rate.

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There is a place in Royal Oak you can try. Between Normandy and 14 mile on Delemere across from Comcast.

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Have you ever taken anything to them before?
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Good luck finding a shop that will install your parts. Do you take your own food to a restaurant to save a buck too?
X2. I hate this. Why do people think that they are saving money doing this? Most shops charge the same amount for the parts as you would pay walking into the store and getting them yourself.
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You ever try to order parts for an Audi TT - only specific vendors carry specific parts. It is further complicated with my specific engine code being in between build years, so most of the repair shops I've run in to (or even the major auto parts stores) have incorrect parts listed for my vehicle. I've run into this multiple times in the past. Plus, I specifically wanted to go the aftermarket route.

It's not like I'm ordering parts for a 96 neon. Again... I wanted a "specific" clutch and a "specific" flywheel.



Seriously though - if you have nothing positive to offer, feel free to remove yourself from the thread.

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X2. I hate this. Why do people think that they are saving money doing this? Most shops charge the same amount for the parts as you would pay walking into the store and getting them yourself.
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Exactly. We charge a little extra if you bring in you're own parts. We also don't cover it if one of those parts fail. Now if we find it was one of the techs fault why it failed then that's a different story.

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Have you checked out John & Holger in Eastpointe on 9 Mile at Melrose? They specialize in European makes and when I had an A6 about seven years ago I took it in there to have the water pump, flywheel, and thermostat replaced. They had the parts in stock and did the repairs very quickly. I cannot recall how the prices compared to other places but I was a poor college student at the time and was able to afford it.

I recall the labor being the most expensive part of the repair though.
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There is a place in Royal Oak you can try. Between Normandy and 14 mile on Delemere across from Comcast.

Autohaus Royal Oak
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My neighbor has used them as well, and has recommended them to me for our vw's. I do all my own stuff so I have no personal experience.
Pm me your number, I will give it to him and ask him to call or text you. if you would like to talk to him about his experiences with autohaus
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X2. I hate this. Why do people think that they are saving money doing this? Most shops charge the same amount for the parts as you would pay walking into the store and getting them yourself.
WOW! you really don't have a clue do you?
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Exactly. We charge a little extra if you bring in you're own parts. We also don't cover it if one of those parts fail. Now if we find it was one of the techs fault why it failed then that's a different story.

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This is more along the lines of what I would expect, but I still expect most shops to be willing to warranty the labor.

I know a few of you find it hard to believe, but some people do like to buy specific parts. Having aftermarket parts installed isn't exactly an unheard of request.
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My neighbor has used them as well, and has recommended them to me for our vw's. I do all my own stuff so I have no personal experience.
Pm me your number, I will give it to him and ask him to call or text you. if you would like to talk to him about his experiences with autohaus
I sent you a pm.
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Have you ever taken anything to them before?
No I have not.



There is also another European shop on 15 mile east of Stephenson Hwy just on the east side of 75 on the north side of the street.

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WOW! you really don't have a clue do you?
Maybe you two should find a better repair shop.
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Church out the TDI forums, there are some recommended shops on there. Most shops that can do good work on a VW will / can do the work on a TT.

WWW.tdiclub.com
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i took a look through a few forums, but couldnt find the list of shops you refer to.
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yeah i will give him a call tonight. thanks again!
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